Joseph Schmelzer

Director, Product Management, Novatel Wireless, Inc.
San Diego, CA, United States

About Joseph


Combining business and technology in the wireless industry for 20 years. Specializing in devices that include cellular mobile broadband technology, like mobile routers, phones, vehicles, tablets, data cards, USB modems, handheld terminals, and related.

Particularly interested in connecting things to each other, and to services, to create entirely new experiences. Connected everything. Agree with Jeff Bezos: "Gadgets are dead." (Services are alive!)

I am familiar with and capable of managing the entire (creation) "productization" process, from ideation and concept generation, through business case generation and validation, project planning, go-to-market strategy creation, pricing, costing, engineering management, manufacturing, and ultimately channel access.

I have international business and development experience, with internal and external teams, both OEM and ODM models, with substantial activity in and around the United States, Western Europe, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

I am currently interested in and working on layering software experiences over hardware or platform devices: IoT, IoE, mobile; embedded; SeS and SaaS (XaaS); applications; features; and, network resident services. I have developed software for the M2M markets, mobile applications for desktop, and embedded systems for applications like Automotive or Fixed Wireless.

Specialties: Wireless product development, mobile network operators, mobile broadband, wireless ecosystem, Asian OEM and ODM, cellular 1G to 4G, 802.1x, Bluetooth. Government agency and regulatory certifications (FCC, PTCRB, GCF).



Areas of Expertise

Internet of things, Wireless Technology, Connecting Things, Internet of Everything

An idea worth spreading

Things can connect with each other in the same way people connect with each other. Utility and value are emergent traits.

I'm passionate about

Creating the next iteration of the Internet in a human-centric way. In other words, technology with thought and purpose. Connecting things for good reasons, in good ways.

Talk to me about

Any chance to engage around the topic of the Internet of Everything (Internet of Things). Connections. From high-level design and architecture philosophy, to tactical installations. Brainstorming.

Comments & conversations

Joseph Schmelzer
Posted about 1 year ago
Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists
Many people in this thread, including the presenter, seem to be confusing Engineering and Science. Engineering can be judged by its practical ability to do things, like get us from point A to point B more efficiently. When it comes to practical matters, referencing Engineering is quite useful, and predictable. The challenge for Science is taking that pragmatic utility and extending into areas where the tangible and tactical are left behind. And it is precisely here where "people" -- some people -- don't trust Science. And for great reasons. 1. Historically, Science is almost always proven wrong over time. Usually it's most wrong early in its study of any given phenomenon. That's not a great track record. Real students of the history of science are reluctant to accept any scientific theory as fact. 2. Science is subject to the same social issues as everything else. Funding. Making our sponsors happy. Political or economic agenda. See Kuhn, Feyerabend. 3. Peer review is simply confirmation (or rejection) that the theory jives with the currently accepted paradigm. It means nothing else. Ie, it validates that one's assumptions are the same as everyone else's. prescription: Good to hear the scientific theories of the day, and to evaluate them with whatever tools one possesses. But, very very difficult to accept any pure science as true or false. For more practical matters, it's all about prediction: and in this case things get simple. It's engineering. It's pragmatism. See Charles Sanders Peirce, Dewey, or William James.